11 Late-Night Snack Recipes for When You Can't Wait Until Morning

Whether you're up in the middle of the night or coming home from an evening out on the town, here are 11 late night snacks to satisfy any craving

It's the middle of the night and you stare your clock: it reads, midnight snack time. You tip-toe down to the kitchen, crack open the fridge, but there's nothing there! Don't let this happen to you: there are so many simple and satisfying dishes to make when you've got the late-night munchies.

Food sometimes tastes better when it's made, with love, in the middle of the night. Easy snacks from around the world, like Indian snack recipes and Taiwanese street snacks, can be repurposed into delicious after-hours grub. After a night of revelry, there's nothing better to soak up the booze with than these upgraded bar bites. Need something quick and easy? Pasta recipes come together especially well even if you're still half-asleep. Whether you're tossing and turning in bed, fueling up for a late night of work, or just spending an endless evening in the kitchen, here are the 11 best late night snacks to make.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
Real Roman spaghetti carbonara is pasta, whole eggs, pancetta or guanciale (cured pork jowl), and pecorino romano cheese—never cream. The sauce should gild, not asphyxiate, the noodles. It can be enjoyed at any hour, but the ideal time is dawn, after a night of revelry. I've found that carbonara is also a foolproof way to a man's heart—unless he's watching his cholesterol. — Mei Chin, from "Roman Art" (March 2007)Matt Taylor-Gross

Chicken Quesadillas

Chicken Quesadillas
A homemade Mexican spice rub adds a gentle heat to the chicken and peppers in this uncomplicated dish. Get the recipe for Chicken Quesadillas »Farideh Sadeghin

Cuban Medianoche Sandwich

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With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, it's almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah. Get the recipe for Cuban Medianoche Sandwich »Farideh Sadeghin

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs
This quick breakfast dish is made a la Mexicana with red tomatoes, white onions, and green jalapeños, ingredients that mirror the colors of the Mexican flag. Get the recipe for Mexican Scrambled Eggs »Matt Taylor-Gross

Crostini Di Scampi (Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini)

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Shrimp are sautéed in smoky bacon fat and served simply on grilled bread with rosemary for this popular snack at Venice, Italy's Da Fiore restaurant.
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Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

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Less is more in an elemental Roman pasta dish which takes its spiciness from cracked black pepper toasted in oil. Get the recipe for Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta) »Helen Rosner

Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich
Make these hangover helpers with the processed meat pride of New Jersey: pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham). Get the recipe for Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich »Matt Taylor-Gross

Real Deal Ignacio-Style Nachos

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A balance of pickly, salty, cheesy, and crisp, this recipe—inspired by the original—proves that simple is preferable when it comes to nachos. When deep-frying your own tortillas, look for soft tortillas made with all corn (and no flour) for the crunchiest results. Get the recipe for Real Deal Ignacio-Style Nachos »Matt Taylor-Gross

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)
In Tamil-speaking households, a combination of fritters with sauce is referred to as vadai pachadi. Served for weddings and religious holidays, these spicy fritters get their signature crunch from yellow split peas and are topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi) »Ingalls Photography

Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Apple Casserole
Fresh apples plus hard cider give this easy mac and cheese a double dose of fall flavor. Get the recipe for Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese »Farideh Sadeghin

Potato and Chickpea Snack (Aloo Chana Chaat)

Potato and Chickpea Snack (Aloo Chana Chaat)
Potato and chickpeas are flavored with an earthy combination of mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves, and chiles in this classic Indian street snack. The savory mixture is topped with crunchy fried chickpea noodles and sometimes dressed in tamarind, mint, or cilantro-yogurt chutneys.James Roper